Rebuilding a Dynasty team is a true craft and requires us to have the mentality of a brick layer! It isn’t just important to put up the wall, but every move should be thought out, and you must have a strong foundation. In this article, I want to focus on sleepers and stashes who teams should be trading for and stashing on your rebuilding Dynasty rosters.
1) Chris Hogan – Probably one of the most underrated, and less talked about storylines from the 2016 free agency period is Chris Hogan signing with the Patriots. Hogan has good size, speed, exceptional hands and gives the Patriots a downfield presence they have not had in recent years. Hogan has been up and down as of this point in the season (Week 8) and couple be acquired for a second round rookie pick in Dynasty leagues.
2) Andre Ellington – It wasn’t too long ago we were looking at Andre Ellington as the clear RB1 in the Arizona Cardinals backfield. Small, but explosive, fast and catches the ball well out of the backfield. Then the Cardinals drafted David Johnson. A running back who could not only do everything Andre Ellington could do, but better and had the frame to hold up to the beating of the NFL. After 2016 Andre Ellington will be a free agent and could land in a situation ripe for receptions out of the backfield and an instant bump to his value.
3) Devin Funchess – The hype darling of the 2016 offseason has fallen on his face, stats wise, in the 2016 regular season so far. I would advise you to remember this is Funchess’ first year having Kelvin Benjamin, a target vacuum, on the other side of him. As Funchess continues to develop as a player he should have a more pronounced role in the Carolina offense.
4) Jonathan Williams – If you have been following me (@TimNFL) for very long, you will know Jonathan Williams was one of my favorite running backs in the 2016 rookie class. Fast, powerful, smooth runner, amazing hands out of the backfield, and good vision. The question mark with Jonathan Williams is “when will he get his shot?” Williams not only has to win the job over LeSean McCoy, who is often injured, but he also has to battle Mike Gillislee, who has shown well in spurts. Williams is a long-term hold for the patient owner.
5) Kevin White – Good things come to those who wait, and I have been waiting a very LONG time to see what Kevin White can do. A player who is physically talented (6’3”, 225 lbs and 32 5/8” arms), has a good college resume (109 receptions, 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014) and has been a first-round pick in the NFL draft rarely bust. With the multiple injuries to White owners may be able to get him at a discount and could provide a cheap core piece to your roster.
6) Michael Floyd – The time to buy low on players is when they are injured or are not producing. Floyd has a very particular case where he is extremely talented, but he is injured and not producing. The time to buy Floyd, before his free agency, is now.
7) Dorial Green-Beckham – What a rollercoaster for such a young player. Started as a first round rookie pick, fell due to lack of conditioning, flashed some during the 2015 season, did not know the playbook well enough coming into 2016 and then was traded to a team with a new rookie franchise quarterback. What a ride. If you are watching the film of DGB you are still excited about him. DGB is a player who is showing good explosion, the ability to run after the catch and to high point the ball. If you can pick him up for a reasonable price DGB is a MUST ADD!
8) Karlos Williams – Last year was a perfect situation with Karlos Williams seeing plenty of time behind LeSean McCoy and even pushing McCoy to the point of people thinking Williams was the better running back. Fast forward to 2016 and add 30 pounds to the body of Karlos Williams (#babyweight). YIKES. Now Karlos Williams is with the Steelers and he has another great opportunity to earn some run behind a running back who has missed time due to plenty of injuries and suspensions. Williams may be one of the best deep stashes out there if something else happens to Bell.
9) Kamar Aiken – So in a season where the Ravens wide receivers aren’t doing much it is disappointing to see Kamar Aiken, who had a nice 2015 season, doing very little. Moving forward to 2017 Kamar Aiken is a free agent and has a chance to be a nice pick-up for those leagues who have dropped him. I don’t see Aiken being a long-term WR1, but a career WR3 is a possibility and a nice piece to flip down the road.
10) Draft Picks – The best friend of a rebuilding roster is having plenty of rookie picks and plenty of ammo to move around in rookie drafts. Remember keeping old productive players on your roster when you are building will only hurt what you are trying to build. The best thing a rebuilding roster can do is to completely commit to the rebuild and focus on acquiring draft picks and core players. Remember the cheapest time to acquire a stud is in your rookie draft and before he plays his first snap.
I started playing redraft fantasy football in 2007. After winning my first championship in year one I was hooked immediately. The following season I finished in last place in both of my leagues, haha. After this epic failure I decided to always be one step ahead of my friends and family. I started studying the teams closer, watching the draft and learning more about the NFL as a whole instead of focusing on individual players. After two years of studying I realized I was often early on players to grab off the waiver wire and decided to try dynasty fantasy football. I have been playing dynasty for six years total and have been in more competitive leagues (myfantasyleague.com) for the past three. Over the past three years I have written about dynasty, DFS, redraft and scouting reports on upcoming rookies or unknown players.
I am one of the weekly co-hosts of the Under the Helmet podcast (available on iTunes and Podbean) and you can also find my written content at uthdynasty.com and dynastynerds.com.